At Silver Reef Organic farms we pride ourselves on seeing the big picture, creating an action plan, and being willing to invest in the latest technology in order to fully understand our soils and run the farm efficiently and sustainably. By using the best of the best technology, from drone technology, FieldNet variable rate irrigation, tier 4 tractors with GPS technology, and the Precision Agriculture Technology from John Deere, we will increase efficiency while in the fields, have more awareness of costs, and save time. This is all in addiction to having a lower ecological footprint by creating less carbon emissions.
We started using drone technology in 2017 to monitor field and crop health weekly. Our drone uses infrared imagery to give us a “green index” of our crops. This shows us where there are areas of concern and where areas are thriving. The Drone technology has served as another way to decrease labor cost and fuel costs. We have been able to have a broader view on the effects that weather has on the crop, growing season, and other factors. Drone technology has been essential to our success to making sure we hit our budgeted yields each year. It will also serve as an essential tool as we implement Precision Agriculture going forward.
FieldNet is our web-based tool that we use to manage our water on the farm. This wireless management tool allows us to shift, change, or pivot any of our irrigators whether we are in the field or in the office. We are able to decide how much water is needed on different portions of a field. That way each acre can be customized. This water management tool saves Silver Reef Organic farms water, time, and resources, creating a more sustainable and efficient watering system.
Having GPS technology allows our tractor operators to stay within one to two inches of a row resulting in straight lines. Where as in the past, row accuracy was heavily dependent on the operator keeping the tractor straight which resulted in extra passes over a field, yield loss at harvest, more labor and fuel costs. With GS3 Technology from John Deere we make less passes over field, along with saving time and fuel, wear on equipment, lower labor costs, and last but not least carbon emissions. Not to mention it’s also just some good old fun to get out there and drive those incredible machines or shall I say let them drive me!
All of these systems have made it possible for Silver Reef Organic farms to dive into Precision Agriculture. Precision Agriculture is the future of our farm and we are very excited to operate at an even higher level than we do now. Please see Precision Agriculture (this will be a link to the page) to learn more